Sunil Dutt is taking his role of ministering the nation's youth seriously
Photo: Sandeep Saxena
THOUGH IN Munnabhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt walked away with all the laurels, it was dad Sunil Dutt's cameo role that formed the fulcrum of the story, which eventually became the biggest blockbuster in 2003. But then, bogged down with his new avatar as the Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, the senior Dutt, claims he has little time even to talk to his "eklauta beta" over phone; let alone donning the grease paint again.
Still remembered for his sterling performances in films like Sujatha, Waqt, Milan, Gumrah and Padason, the actor-turned-minister appears to have taken his new vocation rather seriously.
"I now have the responsibility of channelising the country's youth into the most formidable force in the world. So where is the question of doing films?" he asks. "I agreed to do Munnabhai... as it was a very small role. Otherwise, politics is serious job and you need to give 100 per cent attention," he insists.
"My mission is to ensure that this youth power which has got so much enormous talent is converted into a most potent force in the world. I also want to see India as a major force in the world's sports arena," he says, like an archetypical politician.
Still retaining his youthful exuberance, but refusing to divulge the age, he says with a wink," I am just 25 years old! Do you have any doubts over it!"
And the yesteryear actor seemed to justify the arguments, as scores of people were seen jostling and trying to get closer for his autograph. Youngsters and some elders too vied with each other to get his autographs and pose with him.
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